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In Response to RE: Do you write like you talk? by PattyDiane
I will be returning to the class i mentioned at the end of the month and I am going to get a copy of the story and ask her permission to post the parts that made me start this thread. Your post made me think of the time we lived in Okinawa and my Mother was teaching English pronunciation to students at an Okinawan high school. She would say a word and the class would repeat it back in unison. She pronounced the word "there" for them to repeat and it came back as "they-yer". ( two syllables) To her horror this trend continued throughout the day and she realized she was teaching Okinawans to speak English with a Southern accent.
In those time we had a reel to reel tape recorder. My Mother worked with it tirelessly recording words and listening to herself. She eventually develope a "Standard American English " speaking style and lost her accent. The world was saved from a group of Asian people speaking English with a Southern accent! When my Dad retired and we moved to Virginia where my Mother was born and raised, her accent slowly crept back.